U.S. Ambassador Pyatt warns against the threat of disinformation campaigns in Greece
U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, issued a statement on Tuesday about the impact of disinformation in modern political life. According to the U.S. Ambassador, there have been multiple examples to prove the vulnerability of modern societies to disinformation. This has occurred in the U.S. during the previous presidential election campaign, but this phenomenon also applies in Greece.
For example, the U.S. Ambassador cited the operation of Russian information channels in the country in recent months which have attempted to jeopardise the significance and mandate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Ambassador Pyatt also underscored that even though there is still no plausible evidence proving potential Russian meddling with Greece’s forthcoming elections, domestic institutions must remain aware of this possibility. This is particularly relevant for the free press, which needs to adopt the necessary counter-measures to avert the spread of disinformation.
The U.S. Ambassador’s statements were issued in the context of the #Disinfo Week event held in the American School of Classical Studies in Athens on Monday, a U.S. initiative to combat disinformation. Last Friday, at the Delphi Economic Forum, Ambassador Pyatt declared he had dedicated an important part of his tenure in efforts to counter disrupting Russian influences, especially in Thessaloniki and Northern Greece.
Last summer, the Greek foreign ministry evicted two Russian diplomats under charges for undermining the Prespes Agreement, and for mobilising religious representatives against the provisions of the treaty. It has to be noted at this stage that the Russian Orthodox Church is currently at odds with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, given the former’s decision to award autocephaly to the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine.